Once the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) goes live in Slough, residents will enjoy quick and convenient access to London and Heathrow. In the meantime, however, those living in Slough will have to make do with a Berkshire town that has an international flavour. Not a bad trade-off.

Several global companies base their headquarters in Slough, and it was named the best UK town to live and work in 2017. With increased regeneration, the SL postcode is fast becoming a more affordable alternative to London.

Here are some of the best things to do and see in and around Slough.

Windsor Castle

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One of the UK’s favourite tourist attractions just happens to be in Windsor, near Slough, which means you can kick it with The Queen. Windsor Castle is the residence Her Majesty’s shares with Buckingham Palace and sees more than one million visitors per year.

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it’s the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Embrace royalty as you visit the state apartments, browse The Queen’s dollhouse and watch the changing of the guard.

Find at Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
Phone no: 0303 123 7304
Email: [email protected]
Follow @windsor.castle

Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre

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Every town needs a place where residents can partake in some serious retail therapy. And the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre is your retail fix if you’re living in Slough. Browse 120 stores and shop the latest looks and designs.

Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre is invested in the local community with several events taking place throughout the year. There’s also an Empire Cinema adjacent to the shopping centre where you catch the latest movies.

Find at High St, Slough SL1 1LN
Phone no: 01753 537654
Email: [email protected]
Follow @queensmereo


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Enjoy global cuisine at Tummies, a colourful restaurant in the heart of Slough. Opened in 1988, it’s part of the Slough furniture and a staple of the community. A favourite with those living in Slough, head to Tummies for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

As well as great grub offered all day, there’s a cookery school where you can learn to serve up a treat. And if you’re thinking of having a dinner party, invite your guests to The Chef’s Table for a bespoke culinary experience.

Find at 5 Station Rd, Chippenham, Slough SL1 6JJ
Phone no: 01628 668486
Email: [email protected]
Follow @tummiesuk

Black Park

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Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll or outdoor adventure, Black Park has more than got you covered. With over 500 acres of space, the South Buckinghamshire park provides woodlands and heathland to discover.

Go Ape at the adventure trail in Black Park, or walk for miles while soaking up beautiful woodland, tracks and trails. Laze the day away by the lakes or see which local wildlife you can spot during your Black Park stroll.

Find at Black Park Road, Slough SL3 6DS
Phone no: 01753 511060
Email: [email protected]
Follow @bucks_country_parks

Ostrich Inn

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Enjoy a charming gastropub at Ostrich Inn, which is steeped in history and dates back to 1106. This historic coaching inn could just be your next local with its tasty pub grub prepared from fresh ingredients and real ales.

The interiors are what you would come to expect from a coaching inn. Beams, fireplaces, crooked stairs and a cobbled courtyard all add to the charm. There’s even a bed and breakfast in case you feel like spending the night.

Find at High St, Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0JZ
Phone no: 01753 682628
Follow @ostrichcolnbrook

Home Luxe Stores

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Located in the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre, Home Luxe Stores is the place to find furniture for your new Slough home. There’s a large selection of modern homeware to add a splash of style to your pad.

From quirky bar stools to extravagant bedroom items with a luxury feel, Home Luxe Stores has a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for smaller touches, browse the frames and accessories for unique accessories that will complete the look in your home.

Find at 46-55 Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough SL1 1DD
Phone no: 01753 571284
Email: [email protected]
Follow @homeluxeinterior

The Gallery @ The Curve

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Slough isn’t typically known as a creative hub, but The Gallery at The Curve hosts regular exhibitions and showcases local artists. From musical acts to comedians, and just about everything in between, expect to see the best up-and-coming talent in the area.

There’s also an outdoor space for performances, a visual arts room and a theatre at The Curve. If you’re visiting The Gallery, expect to see a variety of entertainment that includes performances, exhibitions and workshops.

Find at William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY
Phone no: 01753 875533
Email: [email protected]
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Langley Park

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Billed as one of Buckinghamshire’s best-kept secrets, Langley Park is the place to go for local wildlife. The Rhododendron collection in the Temple Gardens is a big hit with those living in Slough, thanks to the vibrant colours on offer.

Wander past veteran Oak and Chestnut trees at the King’s Wood section of the park. Then round your visit off by going to the Tea Room for a hot brew and traditional English scone.

Find at Billet Lane, Iver SL0 0LS
Phone no: 01753 511060
Email: [email protected]
Follow @BCCountryParks

Living in Slough

Slough is quickly becoming a popular town with young professionals looking for easy access to the capital while having everything they need on their doorstep. If you’re thinking about living in Slough, you can enjoy an area with a strong community. Not to mention fantastic travel links with when the Elizabeth Line goes live.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.